Disaster Response News and Info

Prayers, Financial Support Needed in Wildfire Relief & Recovery

published 3/23/2022

While firefighters have control and extinguished most of the wildfires that raged across the western part of Texas last week, the Central Texas Conference remains in prayer for all those affected. Tens of thousands of acres have been burned along with several homes and public buildings. Much of the damage occurred in the western part of our conference – with Eastland, Erath and Hood Counties bearing the brunt of most of the losses and damage. There is much to be done in the short- and long-term ...

Prayers and patience are requested by Disaster Relief Coordinators on the scene.

There are very few constants in this world. The sun rises in the east. The sun sets in the west. The people of the Central Texas Conference are eager and ready to assist their sisters and brothers in need following a natural or manmade disaster. As such, it wasn’t a surprise at all to Rev. Laraine Waughtal, CTC Coordinator of Disaster Response/UMVIM, that her phone and email were white hot with questions as to how people could help following the news that five confirmed tornadoes ripped through East Texas in the evening hours of Saturday, April 29. Click here to read more about the CTC's response and how you can help immediately.

UMCOR earns 4 Star Rating from Top Charity Evaluator

UMCOR earns highest possible ranking and named to a distinguished group of charities working to overcome some of the world’s most pressing challenges

The Central Texas Conference Disaster Response Ministry Team has worked hand-in-hand with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for 14 years. During that time the two organizations have led efforts all across Texas and the U.S. to not just rebuild homes, but to rebuild lives by caring for the emotional and spiritual needs of those recovering from a disaster. The CTC/UMCOR team has become so well-known and respected in times of crisis that CTC Coordinator of Disaster Response Rev. Laraine Waughtal often hears something akin to “Oh thank God! The Methodists are here!” whenever she arrives on the scene with an ERT teamRead more at ctcumc.org/UMCOR4Star.